An examination into representations of the Japanese family through the films of Yasujiro Ozu and Takashi Miike

Anderson, Daniel (2009) An examination into representations of the Japanese family through the films of Yasujiro Ozu and Takashi Miike. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation aims to compare the two Japanese directors Yasujiro Ozu and Takashi Miike and explore their representations of the family, comparing the similarities and differences between two men from different times who appear to have little in common. This project will try to not only draw parallels between the two directors but between the two different eras they worked in; and to determine if the two time periods are as different as they seem or if all the changes have merely been on the surface of Japanese society. This work comprises of strictly secondary research, but film textbooks were not what was most useful to the dissertation. Comparing two different eras as well as two directors meant the research had to include Japan's cultural society and way of life. This enabled connections to be made between the two as well as being able to view them of products of their respective times. The dissertation is split into three chapters. Chapter one focuses on Ozu's depiction of the family, or "ie", and what the traditional family values were in Japan at this time. Chapter two focuses only on Miike and aims to show the changes and similarities in modern Japan as well as how Miike depicts the family and uses traditional values. Chapter Three brings the two directors together and is a more detailed study on their themes through a close textual analysis of their films Tokyo Story (1953) and Visitor Q (2001).

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/702

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